The Fake Jordan Lead Codices

It is distressing to see people blogging and “news” outlets reporting once again about the lead codices from Jordan as though they might conceivably be authentic ancient artifacts. It has been shown that they take text and images from known artifacts and reproduce them over and over again in an attempt to produce something that aims to [Read More…]

Bart Ehrman’s Keynote Address at #YCAS2015

After a delightful dinner, we returned to the main conference venue. Tony Burke introduced Ehrman, saying that he needs no introduction but it would be rude not to offer one. Burke said he is not one of the Johnny-come-lately Ehrman fanboys. He was a fan since The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, and then Misquoting Jesus [Read More…]

#YCAS2015 Fourth Panel

I chaired this session, and so took the opportunity to take a photo of the audience (see below). The first presenter was Tony Burke, a key organizer of the event, but this was his first time presenting, apparently. His paper explored forgeries in centuries past, and how these things compare to genuine discoveries. Sometimes lack [Read More…]

Imitation, Forgery, and Education #YCAS2015

The discussion of forgery led to a discussion on the way to lunch about the role of imitation in ancient pedagogy. That led me to ponder whether we might not benefit from doing more of that in modern teaching. Many students struggle to express themselves well. Perhaps we should return to this older method of [Read More…]

Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions Conference

Tony Burke mentioned that the website for the upcoming York Christian Apocrypha Symposium has been updated. Click through for details about the papers that I and other presenters – who include Bart Ehrman, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Mark Goodacre, Carrie Schroeder, and Stanley Porter – will be giving. The title of my paper is: “Slow Scholarship: Do Bloggers [Read More…]

I Take the Bible too Seriously to Not Fact-Check Internet Quotations

This quotation, often attributed to Karl Barth, came across my feed on Facebook this morning: “I take the Bible too seriously to read it literally.” Whenever I try to trace a quotation to its source, especially if the source is famous, and what I find are pages and pages of just the quote with no [Read More…]

Skepticism Around the Blogosphere

I began this post wanting to share the news that the forger of the lead codices has admitted that they are fakes – but David Elkington is claiming that his are real. See Steve Caruso’s, Joel Watts’, Jim Davila’s and Tom Verenna’s posts on the subject for all the details. Elsewhere in the skeptical blogosphere, Joe Felsenstein [Read More…]

Lead Codexes in the News Again

Here are some blogs and bloggers that discuss the subject: Jona Lendering, Jim Davila, Mike Heiser, Tom Verenna, and Jim West (twice). [Read more…]